Bombardier to roll out 'high speed' Wi-Fi for business jets

Plane maker avoids specifics, but claims speeds 'never before seen' in a business jet.
High speed Wi-Fi is coming as an option on Bombardier business jets.
High speed Wi-Fi is coming as an option on Bombardier business jets.

Bombardier is close to finishing testing and validation for a new in-flight Internet solution for its range of business aircraft.

The Canadian plane maker says that Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) provides worldwide coverage and speeds ‘never before seen’ in business aviation. Passengers will now be able to video conference, browse the Internet or stream video as if they were on the ground, the company claims.

"Our Global aircraft can link cities worldwide, non-stop, at close to the speed of sound, and the Bombardier WAVE system is intended to match this performance with its exceptional speed, promise of reliability and worldwide reach," said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "WAVE is a further example of how Bombardier is leading the industry in delivering the ultimate cabin experience to its customers. Passengers will be able to remain truly connected, productive and entertained while in flight."

The system has been developed using Honeywell Aerospace's JetWave hardware and Inmarsat's JetConneX platform, which utilises its network of Ka-band satellites.

Altohugh it doesn’t mention speeds in its launch release, Bombardier says it will offer performance commitments for network availability and speed.

Bombardier WAVE is available as an option on new Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft, and as a retrofit option for on in-service Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 planes.

"Our JetWave hardware, coupled with Inmarsat's JetConneX solution, is ushering in a new era of connectivity in the skies," said Kristin Slyker, VP, business and general aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. "The industry continues to demand better, more consistent and faster in-flight Wi-Fi to make the travel experience better and our next generation technology is leading the way to satisfy these demands.”

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